2hPablo S. Torre

How an NBA guard you've never heard of scored $50M

When Tyler Johnson signed a $50 million deal, the world lost its mind. Here's the crazy thing: He might be worth it.

Can Hoiberg take control of locker room? (1:46)
Legler puts onus on Schröder, Howard to be difference makers (1:21)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Joel Embiid flashes star potential in his delayed NBA debut (1:15)
Ball control, passing seem foreign to Mavs, Pacers (0:27)
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10hESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau

Amazing NBA opener performances abound

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Hakeem Olajuwon were among the many players whose performances were matched or bettered.

Booker, Cousins get separated by an official (0:30)
Harden looking forward to a fresh start (3:32)
Stephen A. isn't counting Warriors out yet, unlike Barkley (1:36)
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1dESPN Stats & Information

These Warriors have some imperfections

The Warriors looked all right when their "Big 4" was on the court, but the results were disastrous when any one of them was out of the game.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After Tuesday's game, LeBron James took what seemed to be a subtle dig at Phil Jackson, who traded JR Smith & Iman Shumpert to Cleveland in 2015: "There's a few guys who feel like teams gave up on them in their careers,'' James said. "For them to come here and to prove not only to those people, but to prove to themselves that they are championship-worthy, means a lot to them."

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Timberwolves lost: led by as many as 17 points; 5 losses when leading by that many last year, tied with the 76ers for the most in the NBA

ESPN @espn

A singer said she was told by the 76ers she could not perform the national anthem because of her "We Matter" jersey: es.pn/2e0sgRv

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Young talent in the NBA is ridiculous. Myles Turner is 20 and just put up 30p-16r-4b. AD did 50-16-7-5-4. KAT, Giannis, Embiid, Wiggins...

ESPN @espn

A 76ers fan was escorted out of the arena last night after flashing double middle fingers at Russell Westbrook. es.pn/2eV9AQE

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lucas offering encouragement to James Harden, Nene and Eric Gordon after the Rockets loss.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Anderson said the Rockets lost too many one-on-one battles defensively. Tired legs will do that he said.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

That Nick Young airball-Jordan Clarkson layup sequence was eerily reminiscent of the 2010 Lakers-Suns Western Conference finals.